Edmonds UMC News

Introducing Our New Lead Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Brown is a dad, pilgrim walker, author, activist and now Lead Pastor of Edmonds United Methodist Church (Edmonds UMC.) Born in Lancaster, California, Sandy moved with his family to Seattle in 1965. In 1978 he graduated in Medieval History from the University of Washington and in 1982 earned a M.Div. from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He completed his theological studies in 1997 when he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree. Prior to Edmonds UMC, Sandy spent his pastoral career around Washington State in Fall City United Methodist Church, Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Wenatchee United Methodist Church, and First United Methodist Church of Seattle.

In 2008 Sandy took his first walk on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and since then has walked over 2,100 miles on pilgrim trails in Spain and Italy. In 2015, Cicerone Press published his guidebook, The Way of St Francis: From Florence to Assisi and Rome, with a second edition planned for 2017. He is a Rick Steves travel speaker, advises pilgrim walkers, and leads walking pilgrimages in Italy. He blogs his walking adventures at www.caminoist.org.

Amid being a Pastor and Caminoist, Sandy is an active supporter of social justice. He worked on labor and immigration issues and fought against corruption among local politicians in Wenatchee. As the Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, one of the largest ecumenical agencies in the U.S., he led initiatives on homelessness and Middle East peace. Sandy was instrumental in the passage of I-594 (universal background checks on gun purchases) and was founding president of the Center of Gun Responsibility.

Sandy’s eldest son, Matt, is a financial analyst and lives in Portland while son, Luke, is a musician and lives in Seattle. Sandy lives in North Seattle with his wife, Theresa. The Edmonds UMC congregation proudly welcomes Pastor Sandy as a permanent member of their community.

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